Joe Ushie is a Professor of General Stylistics and Literary Criticism and the current Vice-Dean, Postgraduate School, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. He was born at Akorshi, Bendi, the hilly Obanliku Local Government Area (which houses Nigeria’s foremost tourist attraction, the Obudu Cattle Ranch) of Cross River State, and he attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Bendi, Government Secondary School, Obudu, and the University of Calabar, Calabar, where he studied English and Literary studies.

Areas of Specialization

English (General) Stylistics and Literary Criticism


African Literature (Oral and Written)

African Diaspora Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry)

Cultural Studies


His poem, “Africa Today” was the only African poem that won entry into the 2015 Montreal, Canada, Global Poetry Competition. Professor Ushie is author of six volumes of poetry and the editor of, and contributor to, the seventh volume, besides his scholarly publications in books, journals and as monographs. Some of his poems have appeared in world-wide anthologies in English and have been translated into Spanish, Finnish, French and German. His poetry book, Yawns and Belches (2018) won the 2019 Shehu Sani/ANA Poetry Prize. His poetry has been widely studied and read to audiences both in the country and around the world.

Poetry Books
Book Chapters
Journal Articles


Membership of Professional Bodies

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